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What is a frozen section? does it diagnose cancer?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Quick tissue check.: When tissue is removed at surgery, the pathologist might need to look at it under the microscope if cancer is suspected. Since the tissue needs to be sliced thinly to look at it, the quick way is to freeze the tissue, then slice the fronzen specimen. Hence frozen section. Most of the tissue is imbedded in parafin, and processed later, the permanent section. The permanents are more accurate.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Intraoperative test: If a lesion is seen during surgery, part of the lesion can be examined by a pathologist. The tissue is frozen and cut into thin sections that are examined microscopically to provide a provisional diagnosis. It can be used to diagnose cancer, but results are considered preliminary. In practice if the pathologist diagnosis cancer on frozen section, surgeon with treat it as such.
Dr. inderjit Deol
Pathology 41 years experience
Frozen section is performed on nodules/masses in the body during surgery to make a diagnosis of cancer or noncancerous by a pathologist. Yes, it can diagnose cancer. After making this diagnosis, the tissue s processed for final result that may take one or two extra days depending upon further studies to be performed.
May 28, 2015

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How reliable is a frozen section for diagnosing cancer?

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Dr. Carl Van Wey
Radiation Oncology 45 years experience
Pretty good: Pretty good at diagnosing cancer, but not as good as the permanent sections that take a day or two, as they need chemical stains to be more accurate, and to tell what sub-type of cancer.

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